About Nora Rock
Nora Rock, Underwriting Counsel at LAWPRO, is the author of more than 20 books on a wide range of legal subjects (as well as two novels).
Nora was called to the Bar in 1995 after earning her J.D. degree from the University of Toronto and articling with Toronto's Fasken Martineau (then Fasken Campbell Godfrey). She spent seven years as the Director of Acquisitions for Emond Montgomery Publications, where she worked as a content editor/planner and recruited and managed author teams. In 2001,
Nora launched Pith & Substance Communications, a freelance legal writing business, which she ran until joining LAWPRO in 2011. Nora also has experience developing and delivering curriculum for courses ranging from tax law to criminal procedure in the Law Clerk and Paralegal programs at Durham College.
Nora enjoys the wide variety in the work she does for LAWPRO, though criminal justice remains her favourite research area.
Nora Rock's Posts
While wills and estates may never rival litigation or real estate as a risky practice area for lawyers, LAWPRO has seen the average annual number of wills claims double over the past 10 years. Growth in property values renders these errors more expensive and growing complexity in family structures, family law and tax law makes… Read More »Categories: Biggest Claims Risks, Communication Errors, Wills & Estates, Areas of Law, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
While the will itself is the product of the collaboration between lawyer and client, the reporting letter serves a separate purpose: it’s the record of the context. To the extent that the reporting letter documents the process of crafting the will, it can bolster validity, shield the lawyer from malpractice allegation and demonstrate the value… Read More »Categories: Communication Errors, Wills & Estates, Areas of Law, Risk Management & Claims Prevention
In the last few years of their careers, many lawyers begin to think about the meaning of legacy. What has been my contribution? How will I be remembered? Part of being a professional means having a vision beyond simply working a job and earning money. Most lawyers are guided by personal values, a commitment to… Read More »Categories: Career Management, Law Practice Management
As a child, did you step carefully over every sidewalk crack? Tap each post of the hockey net before settling into the crease? Wear your lucky socks to every law school exam? Even those of us who scorn superstition rely on routines and rituals for our own protection: we swallow a daily multivitamin, fasten our… Read More »Categories: Risk Management Strategies
What kinds of PPSA claims does LAWPRO see? Problems with registrations under personal property security legislation (such as the Ontario Personal Property Security Act (PPSA)) are common causes of claims against corporate/commercial lawyers, and indemnity costs associated with these claims can be high. Approximately ten claims involving allegations of PPSA-related mistakes are reported to LAWPRO… Read More »Categories: Real Estate
Most lawyers practising today remember the Ontario Escheats Act – if at all – as a terse one-page statute of limited application. However, surprise! While there’s no reason to anticipate a boom in property forfeited to the Crown, when it does happen, it will now be more complicated. This is thanks to the replacement, in… Read More »Categories: Real Estate
Online real estate portals support client satisfaction, risk management, and profitability Facilitating transfers of real estate has been the bread-and-butter of thousands of Ontario lawyers for generations. Despite occasional market wobbles, real estate business has helped firms to flourish in communities of all sizes, often supporting the delivery of family, estates, commercial and even criminal… Read More »Categories: Real Estate, Technology
It can be very rewarding, both personally and financially, to be asked to serve on a client’s board of directors. It’s also easy to understand why a client might make the request: the lawyer may have worked closely with the corporation’s founders to establish the company, and will likely have a solid understanding of the… Read More »Categories: LAWPRO Errors and Omissions Coverage, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Law